For those of you who’ve been dying to get an official Office iPad app, you might finally be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. According to The Verge, MS product manager Peter Bobek has confirmed that the tech giant will be releasing a native iOS app for Office 2013, and also an Android app, sometime next year (2013). However, in a separate interview, Bobek stated that the Office apps would be available starting in March 2013. According to a press releases about apps for Office 2013, Microsoft goes on to say that “In addition to Windows, Office will be also available on other operating systems, Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, Android, iOS and Symbian… and Office 365 services and other Office products for mobile (phones and tablets) will be released from March 2013.”
This could be a big step for Microsoft in positioning themselves with a major presence on popular tablets like the iPad and mobile phones like the iPhone and Android smartphones. And considering how the majority of enterprise customers still use Microsoft Office software for things like spreadsheets, documents, and power points, this could mean a big boost for Microsoft and put them back into a position of relevance.
That is, of course, unless they come out with a ridiculously over-priced product that has too many free alternatives (i.e. Google Docs).